Long long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I was still an undergrad student, I was never sure whether doing internships from September to December was a good idea. As soon as my work-term stepped into December, my energy level just plummeted like the popularity of an unwelcome politician. With sentimental festive music playing everywhere and every shop in sight trying to out-decorate each other, it was just hard to feel motivated and stay focused. As if all I wanted was to stay home in front of the fireplace reading a page-turner. There used to be a time when I would feel a sudden and surreptitious surge of sadness and loneliness in me. I talked to my then-coworker, who took upon herself to be my advice columnist/therapist explaining to me that what I felt was perfectly seasonal: I was just feeling melancholic.
Of course, things improve with age. One can either sit idly or build one's own life with two bare hands; it's certainly a combination of luck and efforts. Having a balanced and positive outlook in life never hurts. At the very least, when luck chooses to present itself one day, it won't just turn around and leave in a hurry.
Two more weeks and this year will become history. December offers us a window to revisit any unfinished business, an opportunity to take stock of all the blessings and lessons learned over the past 12 months, and a springboard to dive into a new and prosperous year.
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